Summer Horizon | Big Sur, California

Having spent a couple of years on the Canadian prairie now, I realize that what I miss most about the California coast is not exactly the ocean itself, but rather the air; dense fog, constantly shifting breezes humid with sea mist, and the resulting ethereal quality in the light. I find that this image capturesContinue reading “Summer Horizon | Big Sur, California”

Recent work | Hopeful yellow flowers

From recent travels to California, these vivid yellow pincushion protea flowers stood in bright contrast to their dark green foliage. Spotted while on a waterfront walk in Monterey, with blustery spring showers and fast-moving clouds overhead, these fresh blooms were a welcome colourful reminder that spring is just around the corner. Protea flowers symbolize hopeContinue reading “Recent work | Hopeful yellow flowers”

Late winter rain | California

Sitting at my desk here in wintery Winnipeg, Manitoba, it is easy for me to get nostalgic for the winter landscape of my childhood in coastal Northern California. The wet, rainy season would often start in late October; gentle showers after a crackling dry summer would turn the golden-brown hills green in only a fewContinue reading “Late winter rain | California”

In full bloom, Paphiopedilum maudiae

While familiar in form to most of us, orchid flowers retain a sense of the profoundly exotic, especially those blooms of the Paphiopedilum variety. These distinctive orchids have been collected from their forest floor and canopy habitats of Southeast Asia, and are now widely cultivated and hybridized. I have never managed to keep a Paphiopedilum maudiaeContinue reading “In full bloom, Paphiopedilum maudiae”

Transitional Light | Manitoba, Canada

Spring and autumn are rich with photographic inspiration, contrasted in blooming flowers and fresh growth or colourful falling leaves. However, my favourite aspect of these two transitional seasons is the same for both; a shift in the light, imbued with a sense of fleeting, golden time. It never fails to take my breath away, especially asContinue reading “Transitional Light | Manitoba, Canada”

Rare Iris Series

Of all the flowers I collected and grew in my coastal California garden, this dark, mysterious iris was an all-time favorite. The colors of the petals were so rich, so unusual, when I found the plant for sale at a native plant nursery, I knew I had to have it. For several seasons it bloomedContinue reading “Rare Iris Series”

Winter Solstice

“This is the solstice, the still point, of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath…” – Margaret Atwood, Eating Fire: Selected Poetry 1965-1995  

Autumnal Gold

Seasons of transition always prompt me to pick up my camera more often; the slanting, evocative light of the sun low in the sky, the luminous colors of fresh spring growth or the brilliant golden, scarlet, orange palette of fall have always provided abundant inspiration. However, having spent most of my life in the mildContinue reading “Autumnal Gold”

Small Yellow Songbird

As the days gradually become shorter and the season shifts to cooler temperatures, autumn is turning the leaves a lovely golden color before they fall. I am reminded of a little yellow songbird perched high in the branches of a tree on a cold winter morning. It calmly watched the sunrise, warming it’s wings asContinue reading “Small Yellow Songbird”

Ravishing ranunculus

Ravishing ranunculus, originally uploaded by A.p.K. The colors that emerge in nature are sometimes so startlingly brilliant, it can be impossible to look away. These beauties grow in my garden, and their blended shades of fuchsia, scarlet, orange and gold rival even the most technicolor sunset skies. One of many such stunning blooms available forContinue reading “Ravishing ranunculus”

Abstract rain, night

Glittering raindrops fall across a windshield during an evening storm, illuminated by a street light. I know, I seem obsessed with the weather lately.  Really, it is the irresistible interplay of water and light during this rainy season that captivates me completely.  The sheen of water across asphalt in the morning hours, the way puddlesContinue reading “Abstract rain, night”